Game over: Rays 4, Red Sox 3: Fernando Rodney has to be giving Joe Maddon ulcers. Asked to preserve a one-run lead for the Rays – OK he did – but after some nail-biting moments. He secured the first out, but he put the next two batters (including Wednesday hero Mike Carp with a walk) on base. He got pinch-hitter will Middlebrooks to line out hard to third before Dustin Pedroia popped out to shortstop to end the game, which lasted 3:17 before 20,360.
Bottom 8th: Rays 4, Red Sox 3: Evan Longoria stroked a ground-rule double to deep center with one out and scored on Wil Myers’ slicing double to right field to give the Rays the lead again. The double came off Rubby de la Rosa after Drake Britton had retired the first batter, James Loney. Farrell went with the hard-throwing De La Rosa.
Top 8th: Rays 3, Red Sox 3 – Rays aren’t letting this one get away. A 1-2-3 inning as Napoli (strike out No. 176) and Salty both K.
Bottom 7th: Rays 3, Red Sox 3 – Drake Britton on for Boston. He got Escobar to line out to center. After walking Delmon Young, Ben Zobrist knocked into a 1-6-3 double play.
Top 7th: Rays 3, Red Sox 3 – The Red Sox take three strikeouts from Jamey Wright.
Bottom 6th: Rays 3, Red Sox 3 – Jake Peavy pitched his last inning for the Red Sox. Peavy took a comebacker off the leg hit by Desmond Jennings, but he was OK. Peavy waved the trainers away though they came out anyway. He had thrown 107 pitches by the end of the inning
Top 6th: Rays 3, Red Sox 3 – David Ortiz smoked his 27th homer to left center, making this game even closer. Jarrod Saltalamacchia continued the proceedings with a walk and a steal of second base when nobody was looking, his second steal of the season. That helped big time as Stephen Drew doubled to right to score the catcher, tying the game.
Bottom 5th: Rays 3 Red Sox 1 – Yes, they’re ahead but the Rays struggle so much to score runs. Since July 31st they’ve averaged 3.16 runs per game, fewest in the majors. Here they put two on with nobody out and couldn’t score against Jake Peavy.
Top 5th: Rays 3, Red Sox 1 – With two outs, Dustin Pedroia singled through the 5-6 hole against Hellickson and went to second on a wild pitch. But Daniel Nava flew out to center to end the inning.
Bottom 4th: Rays 3, Red Sox 1 – Desmond Jennings homered to left against Peavy. Could have been more but Matt Joyce was caught stealing.
Top 4th: Rays 2, Red Sox 1 – Salty lines homer No. 12 to right field to put Boston on the board. He hit a 3-2 pitch.
Bottom 3rd: Rays 2, Red Sox 0 – David De Jesus walked with one out and scored on James Loney’s two-out double atop the rightfield wall. Longoria then flew out to left.
Top 3rd: Rays 1, Red Sox 0 – Hellickson has a 1-2-3 inning as he retires the top of the Red Sox order.
Bottom 2nd: Rays 1, Red Sox 0 – Evan Longoria tripled to deep right and scored on wil Myers’ single up the middle. Jake Peavy was able to rebound by striking out Desmond Jennings and Jose Lobaton.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 – Stephen Drew walked with one out, but Hellickson struck out Xander Bogaerts and got Jackie Bradley to ground out into a force.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 – The Rays continued to produce nada offensively. Three-up and three down against Jake Peavy.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Rays 0 – The Red Sox rallied in the first, but left two runners on base. With one out, Daniel Nava, hitting .300, singled through the 5-6 hole, but Mike Napoli grounded out to shortstop Yunel Escobar, who did a nice job to avoid a broken bat and Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out swinging to end the threat.